Explore More Life

Explore biodiversity in a hands-on lab

A hands-on lab dedicated to the diversity of all living things

Explore More Life is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on lab environment that enables understanding and appreciation of biodiversity through exploration and experimentation. Biodiversity unites all living things, including our visitors. So prepare to roll up your sleeves for an engaging exploration of real-world life science.

Visit the touch tank to get an up-close look at live aquatic species including sea urchins and horseshoe crabs. Meet new and interesting species, including the albino axolotl and Madagascar hissing cockroach. Keep an eye out for a hairless fancy rat who often perches on the shoulder of our lab staff.

Observe the relationship between organisms and their environment in the aquarium-terrarium system, and determine your own hypothesis on how this ecosystem works. Participate in a dissection or design and conduct your own experiment.

Lab activities are constantly evolving but always include dynamic activities that provide opportunities to explore big ideas through inquiry. Activities are fun for all ages and skill levels.

Ornithology. Discover the world of birds. What adaptations make them unique? Fly in and see what you might encounter.

Meet the Prey:  Birds have specialized beaks and talons that allow them to eat different types of prey. Meet one of our resident species that a bird in the wild might eat, while learning about different beak adaptations. Saturdays in May at 11:00 a.m.

Lab programming is supported by partnerships with educational institutions, businesses and individuals.

Bring the world of science to life for your students.

Enrich your students' education with a field trip to one of the top science museums in the nation. Enjoy hands-on exhibitions, live animal encounters, larger-than-life IMAX® films and engaging classes that meet curriculum needs and bring science to life.